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Top 10 tips for overseas weddings

Top 10 Tips for Weddings Abroad

Getting married somewhere exotic is fantastic, but there are a few things to think about. Here are our top tips for stress-free planning…

1. Keep your wedding dress with you on the plane

We understand your wedding dress is precious cargo, not something to be stuffed into a Samsonite suitcase. That’s why we work with a company called Life Memories Box Company, who make special dress travel boxes that fit in with airline measurements. Pay extra for one of these and you can take your dress with you on the plane – safe in the knowledge it’s not loose in the hold below. If you take advantage of our Bride and Groom incentive, you’ll get one of these special boxes free of charge. Check out our Bride and Groom incentive page for more information.

Keep your wedding dress with you on the plane
Set up a live stream

2. Loved ones left behind? Ask your overseas weddings coordinator to sort out a live stream

If you’ve got friends and family who couldn’t make the trip, ask if it’s possible to set up a live stream. It means that in some destinations, your loved-ones can watch you declaring your vows over the internet instead.

3. Add some local flavour to your big day

You’ve travelled all that way, so pay homage to the place you’re in. If you’re getting married in Jamaica, treat your guests to moist mouthfuls of rum cake. Tying the knot in Italy? Think about free-flowing Prosecco. And if you’re saying your vows in Mexico, get the fiesta going with a traditional Mariachi band.

Add some local flavour to your big day
Leave the brocade bodice at home

4. Leave the brocade bodice at home

This is going to be the happiest day of your life, so it goes without saying that you need to feel good in what you’re wearing. If you’ve gone for an exotic beach wedding in somewhere like the Dominican Republic, you’ll probably want to steer clear of a heavy, Disney princess-style dress and go for something in a light fabric, like chiffon, crepe or organza. It’ll keep you cool, and leave more room in your suitcase for honeymoon mementos. That said, if you’ve always dreamed of a big Cinderella number, you can buy a dress hoop, which will keep the fabric away from your skin.

5. Pack the St-Tropez

The last thing you want on your wedding day is ugly bikini strap marks – especially if you’ve gone for a strapless dress. It’s a good idea to take a bit of fake tan with you just in case you need to cover up the evidence. Make sure you’ve got tons of sun cream, too. It might sound obvious, but in the Caribbean, you’ll burn even if you’re in the shade. Remember, you’re going for ‘blushing bride’, not ‘lobster bride’. It’s something to be careful of if you’re marrying in somewhere like Greece, which requires you to be in the country for a few days before the ceremony.

Pack the St Tropez
Get organised with your gifts

6. Get organised with your gifts

Register for gifts at somewhere like John Lewis and you can have your presents delivered to your house on a day of your choice. It means you won’t have to fly them all back with you, and it’ll save your guests the trouble of bringing them out.

7. Customise your wedding bands

You might want to think about getting your wedding bands sorted once you arrive in resort. It means you can get something special crafted in a local style, or add a precious stone that’s synonymous with the destination you’re staying in. It’ll serve as a great reminder of the place you made your promises.

Customise your wedding bands
Adapt your make up

8. Adapt your make-up

Don’t leave the blushing bride look to chance. In the run up to your wedding day, take some time-outs to flick through bridal magazines and pay particular attention to the make-up on the models. You’ll need to adapt the products you use to fit the climate. Think about using a tinted moisturiser instead of a heavy foundation and experiment with waterproof mascara if you’re getting married in Lapland – snowflakes can be the cause of panda eyes.

9. Invest in a sweat undershirt for the groom

You can get specially-designed sweat-shield undershirts at Perspiring grooms slip them on underneath their suits or waistcoats, and the unique fabric locks away sweat so outer garments stay bone dry. It means he won’t have to worry about sweat stains in the hot weather. Alternatively, go for something linen – lots of places stock suits in lightweight fabrics especially for grooms getting married overseas.

Invest in a sweat undershirt for the groom
Ask your guests to share their photos

10. Ask your guests to share their photos

Once you and your guests are back on home turf, ask them to upload their photographs of the big day. Create a Facebook or Flickr group, or check out websites like or

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How we put a flawless finish on your new beginning:

  • Thomson has been organising weddings for almost 2 decades, so you can sleep easy knowing your wedding is in the hands of experts.
  • Every bride and groom is different. So we offer ceremonies in more than 70 venues in 16 countries, so you can find your perfect-fit wedding day.
  • Our weddings abroad are affordable. Of course, if you want a blow-the-budget big day, we can help with that, too.
  • All our weddings abroad come with the armour of ATOL protection, which means your money’s protected.
  • We know you won’t be keeping work-day hours when it comes to daydreaming about your wedding, so our UK specialist call centre is open 7 days a week.
  • Our wedding coordinators are either based in resort or in the hotel, so they’ll know your wedding destination better than the back of their hand, and be able to provide you with in-the-know advice.

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